Official 411 Wrestling Almanac For June (Part 2)
1937 – Bronko Nagurski beats Dean Detton in Minneapolis, MN, for the NWA (Minneapolis) World title. The Ring
magazine recognizes Nagurski as the one true world champion.
1942 – Gus Johnson beats Mel Peters in Nashville, TN, to win the Tennessee version of the World Junior Heavyweight
1950 – Eddie Williams beats Jack O’Reilly in Portland, OR, for the Pacific Coast Light Heavyweight title.
1959 – In Dallas, TX, Zebra Kid beats Golden Giant for the NWA Texas Brass Knuckles title.
1961 – Pepper Gomez and Dory Dixon win the NWA (Amarillo) World Tag Team titles from Duke Keomuka and Tony
Martin in Houston, TX.
” – The skies opened up, and the gods loosed the principles of destrucity upon the earth, as The Ultimate Warrior
1963 – Crack open a beer and your forehead in honor of Sandman’s birthday.
1967 – El Mongol wins the NWA Georgia Heavyweight title from Buddy Fuller in Atlanta, GA.
1969 – Tojo Yamamoto and Johnny Long win the NWA Southern Tag Team titles from Johnny Walker and the Sundown
Kid in Memphis, TN. Johnny Walker would later be known as Mr. Wrestling II.
1971 – Alberto Torres dies after being injured three days earlier during a tag team match against Ox Baker and The Claw
in Verdidge, NE.
” – Suni War Cloud and Steven Little Bear beat Ripper Collins and Mad Dog Mayne in Honolulu, HI, for the NWA
Hawaii Tag Team titles.
1975 – Karl Von Steiger & Otto Von Heller beat Tojo Yamamoto & Jimmy Golden in Memphis, TN, for the NWA Southern
Tag Team titles.
” – Guy Mitchell and Ricky Hunter win the NWA Canadian Tag Team titles in Vancouver, BC, from Gene Kiniski and
1978 – Ed Wiskoski (Col. DeBeers) wins the NWA Pacific Northwest title from Jerry Oates.
1986 – Two weeks after winning the AWA Southern title and then being stripped of the title, Buddy Landell wins a
tournament for the same title, beating The Flame in the tournament final. Less than two weeks later, Landell would leave the area, and the title would be vacant again.
” – Buzz Sawyer wins the WCCW Television title from Chris Adams in Ft. Worth, TX.
1993 – Ted DiBiase and Irwin R. Schyster regain the WWF Tag Team titles from Rick and Scott Steiner in Rockford,
1995 – Aero Flash beats Fighter in Netzahualcoyoti, Mexico, for the WWF Light Heavyweight title.
1996 – WCW Great American Bash is held in Baltimore, MD. World Champion The Giant beats Lex Luger in the main
event. Also during the card, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash accept the challenge from Eric Bischoff to a six-man tag match at the next month’s pay per view, Bash at the Beach, then attack Bischoff, finished by Nash power bombing Bischoff through the stage.
2000 – Three days after the resignation of six members of the board of directors from AJPW, Mitsuharu Misawa
announces the formation of a new group, Pro Wrestling NOAH, and also announces 24 wrestlers are leaving AJPW to join him.
” – Nueva Generacion (Ricky Banderas & Nuevo Gran Apolo) win a four-way match against Starr Corporation, Sexy &
Sensual (Shan Hill & Andres Borges), and IWA Tag Team champions Club WWF (Andy Anderson & Steve Bradley) in Aguas Buenas, PR, to win the IWA Tag Team titles.
2001 – Hombre Dinamita wins the IWA Hardcore title from Zaruxx in Bayamon, PR.
” – One Man Gang is stripped of the WWC Hardcore title when his flight is cancelled. El Nene beats Carlos Colon in
Carolina, PR, to determine the new champion.
1943 – Orville Brown beats Lee Wyckoff in Kansas City, KS, for the MWA World title.
1947 – Sandor Szabo beats Cliff Gustafson in Minneapolis, MN, to win the NWA (Minneapolis) World title.
1957 – Cyclone Anaya beats Tor Yamata in Birmingham, AL, for the NWA Southern Junior Heavyweight Title.
1960 – Following a match between NWA Southern Heavyweight champion (Georgia version) Ray Gunkel and the Mighty
Yankee in Atlanta, GA, the title is held up.
1963 – Moose Cholak beats Fred Blassie in Albuquerque, NM, to win the IWA World title.
1964 – Tony Borne and Pat Patterson beat Nick Bockwinkel and Buddy Mareno in Salem, OR, for the NWA Pacific
Northwest Tag Team titles.
1966 – Alberto and Enrique Torres beat The Infernos in Atlanta, GA, to win the NWA (Georgia) World Tag Team titles.
On the same card, Buddy Fuller beats Louie Tillet for the NWA Georgia title.
” – The Viking beats Ron Reed for the NWA Central States title in St. Joseph, MO.
1970 – Dick Garza wins the Michigan Heavyweight title in Ypsilanti, MI, from Ricky Cortez.
1972 – Jackie and Roughhouse Fargo win the NWA Southern Tag Team titles from The Interns in Chattanooga, TN.
” – Dutch Savage and Moondog Mayne win the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team titles from the Royal Kangaroos.
1982 – Pvt. Don Kernodle and Pvt. Jim Nelson beat Porkchop Cash and Iceman King Parsons in Roanoke, VA, for the
NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team titles.
1984 – Jake Roberts beats Ron Garvin in Atlanta, GA, for the NWA World Television title, but is immediately stripped of
the title for using a foreign object. Garvin would regain the title in a rematch.
1985 – Mike Rotundo and Barry Windham beat The Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff to gain revenge from their defeat at
WrestleMania and regain the WWF Tag Team titles in Poughkeepsie, NY.
” – Ron Fuller beats Lord Humongous for the NWA Alabama Heavyweight title.
” – Stan Lane and Steve Keirn beat Ron Sexton and Billy Travis in a tournament final in Memphis, TN, to win the
vacant AWA Southern Tag Team titles.
1986 – Antonio Inoki beats Andre the Giant by submission in Nagoya, Japan.
1989 – TNT beats Abudda Dein I San Juan, PR, for the vacant WWC Television title.
1993 – WCW Clash of the Champions XXIII is held in Norfolk, VA. In the main event, Ric Flair and Arn Anderson
defeat Brian Pillman and Steve Austin in two straight falls.
1996 – Flex Kavana and Bart Sawyer beat Jerry Lawler and Bill Dundee in Memphis, TN, for the USWA Tag Team titles.
1999 – Public Enemy win the NWA Tag team titles in Bolton, MA, by beating Knuckles Nelson and Rick Fuller.
2000 – Jesus Cristobal beats Israel Feliciano in Humacao, PR, to win the IWA Junior Heavyweight title.
” – The New Texas Outlaws (Austin Rhodes & Ricky Murdoch) beat V-Man and Sniper for the NWA Southern Tag
” – Bad Attitude beat the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express in Cornelia, GA, for the NWA Georgia Tag team titles.
1899 – Frank Gotch loses his debut match against Dan McLeod after two hours in Luverne, IA.
1950 – Arjan Singh wins the NWA Hawaii Heavyweight title in Honolulu, HI, from Sandor Szabo.
1951 – During a rematch for the NWA Texas title in Ft. Worth, TX, Miguel Guzman is awarded the title when Sonny Myers
interferes on behalf of champion Wayne Martin.
1962 – Mitsuharu Misawa is born, and Satoru Sayama lets him use his old diapers.
1965 – Stan Stasiak beats Mad Dog Vachon for the NWA Pacific Northwest title in Portland, OR.
1969 – Pedro Morales wins the NWA (Hawaii) North American title from Gene Kiniski.
” – Big Vito is born. His parents tell his Godfather.
1970 – Bruno Sammartino becomes a double title-holder again as he and Dominic DeNucci beat The Mongols in
Pittsburgh, PA, for the WWWF International Tag Team titles.
1971 – The Fabulous Kangaroos win the WWA Tag Team titles in Indianapolis, IN, from Wilbur Snyder and Moose
1974 – Steve Boz is born.
1977 – Ivan Koloff wins the WWA World title from Dick the Bruiser in Indianapolis, IN. On the same card, Jimmy and
Johnny Valiant win the Tag Team titles from Moose Cholak and Paul Christy.
” – Hercules Ayala wins the WWC Puerto Rican title from Hurricane Castillo in Caguas, PR.
1980 – Bob Brown and Pat O’Connor win the NWA Central States Tag Team titles from Takachiko and Pat Song in
Kansas City, KS.
1981 – Bob Sweetan and Terry Gibbs beat Michael Hayes and Terry Gordy in Kansas City, KS, for the NWA Central
States Tag Team titles.
1983 – Jack and Jerry Brisco beat Rick Steamboat and Jay Youngblood in Greenville, SC, to win the NWA Tag Team
1984 – Phil Hickerson and The Spoiler beat Tommy Rich and Eddie Gilbert in Memphis, TN, to win the AWA Southern
Tag Team titles.
1988 – TNT wins the WWC Caribbean title in San Juan, PR, from Hercules Ayala.
1990 – The Snowman beats Jerry Lawler in Memphis, TN, to win the USWA Heavyweight title.
1995 – WCW Great American Bash is held in Dayton, OH. In the main event, Ric Flair defeats Randy Savage. Also
on the card, Sting beats Meng to win the vacant United States title, and The Renegade wins the Television title from Arn Anderson.
1936 – Former World champion Jim Browning dies in Rochester, MN, from a pulmonary embolism.
1939 – Leroy McGuirk beats John Swenski in Hollywood, CA, to win the NWA Junior Heavyweight title. He would hold
this title for almost eleven years.
1959 – Fred Blassie beats Dick Gunkel in Atlanta, GA, to win the NWA Southern Heavyweight title (Georgia version) for
the ninth time.
1971 – Kurt and Karl Von Brauner win the NWA (Mid-America) World Tag Team titles from Jackie Fargo and Jerry Jarrett
in Chattanooga, TN.
” – Bonnie Watson wins the NWA Florida Women’s title from Ella Waldek in St. Petersburg, FL.
1973 – Lou Marconi is born. The “Beefstew” part comes later.
1976 – Tank Patton and Super Intern beat Pat O’Connor and Akio Sato in St. Joseph, MJO, to win the vacant the NWA
Central States Tag Team titles.
1978 – Dusty Rhodes beats The Spoiler for the Florida Heavyweight title in West Palm Beach, FL.
1979 – Pat Patterson beats Ted DiBiase in Allentown, PA, for the WWWF North American championship.
1983 – “Rock and Roll” Buck Zumhofe beats Mike Graham in Hamburg, MN, to win the AWA World Light Heavyweight
1986 – After the IWGP Heavyweight title was declared vacant one month earlier, Antonio Inoki beats Dick Murdoch in
a tournament final in Tokyo to regain the title.
1993 – In St. Louis, MO, Rick and Scott Steiner regain the WWF Tag Team titles from Irwin R. Schyster and Ted
” – Mohammad Hussein and Dusty Wolfe beat Ray Gonzalez and Ricky Santana in Bayamon, PR, for the WWC Tag
1994 – WWF King of the Ring is held in Baltimore, MD. Owen hart beat Razor Ramon in the tournament final.
1999 – Two days after losing the NWA Tag team titles to Public Enemy, Knuckles Nelson and new partner Dukes
Dalton win the titles in Dorcester, MA. On the same card, Jeff Mangles beats Jay Jaillet for the NWA New
England Junior Heavyweight title.
2000 – In a sign of the bad things to come, the WWF Hardcore title goes from Crash Holly to Gerald Brisco to Pat
” – Co-WCW Hardcore champion Big Vito beats co-champion Johnny the Bull in Billings, MT, to become the sole
2001 – The Dudley Boyz beat Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit in Orlando, FL, to win the WWF Tag Team titles.
2002 – At the inaugural NWA – Total Nonstop Action card, in Huntsville, AL, Ken Shamrock wins a “Gauntlet for the
Gold” battle royal to win the vacant NWA World title. Also on the card, AJ Styles beat Low-Ki, Jerry Lynn, and
Psicosis in a four-way match to win the new X Division title.
1946 – Bobby Bruns wins the MWA World title by beating Orville Brown in Kansas City, KS.
1952 – Angelo Martinelli wins the Georgia version of the NWA Southern Heavyweight title in Atlanta, GA, by beating Al
1953 – Sugi Sito wins the NWA World Middleweight title when he beats Tarzan Lopez in Mexico City.
1957 – Koko B. Ware is born. No word on when Frankie was hatched.
1960 – Tor Yamata and Mr. Moto beat Mike Clancy and Oni Wiki Wiki in Birmingham, AL, for the NWA (Mid-America)
World Tag Team titles.
1968 – Mr. Gannosuke is born. He is named after his father.
1969 – Pat O’Connor wins the NWA Central States title from Dick Murdoch in St. Joseph, MO.
” – Les Thatcher and Whitey Caldwell win the NWA Tennessee Tag Team titles in Knoxville, TN, from Ron and Don
” – Frank and Jack Dillinger win the WWA Tag Team titles from Dick the Bruiser and Crusher in Indianapolis, IN.
1970 – Beauregard and The Claw win the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team titles from Moondog Mayne and Frankie
1975 – Matthew Storm is born.
1977 – Bill Watts wins the NWA North American title in Tulsa, OK, from Stan Hansen.
1981 – Don Muraco beats Pedro Morales in Philadelphia, PA, to win the WWF Intercontinental title.
” – Les Thornton regains the NWA World Junior Heavyweight title from Terry Taylor in Roanoke, VA.
1982 – Paul Orndorff beats Buzz Sawyer in Atlanta, GA, to win the Georgia National Heavyweight title.
1983 – Man Mountain Link beats Jerry Lawler in Memphis, TN, to win the AWA Southern Heavyweight title.
1987 – The Hunters beat Miguelito Perez and Tony Atlas in San Juan, PR, to win the WWC North American Tag Team
titles. The Hunters hold the title until it is eliminated in November 1987.
1991 – The Bruise Brothers regain the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team titles from Steve Doll and Jimmy Jack Funk in
1992 – WCW Beach Blast is held in Mobile, AL. In the main event, Tag Team champions Rick and Scott Steiner and
Terry Gordy and Steve Williams went to a draw. Also on the card, Scotty Flamingo won the Light Heavyweight title from Brian Pillman.
1995 – Raven and Stevie Richards beat Public Enemy in Jim Thorpe, PA, to win the ECW Tag Team titles.
1997 – Buh Buh Ray and D-Von Dudley win the ECW Tag Team titles in Waltham, MA, from The Eliminators.
2000 – Rikishi wins the WWF Intercontinental title from Chris Benoit in Memphis, TN.
2002 – www.wwe.com posts the following message: “World Wrestling Entertainment welcomes back Vince Russo to
the creative writing staff.” He is later demoted to at-home consultant, and leaves the company before signing a contract.
1956 – Wrestling from Washington, DC, broadcast on Channel 5 and promoted by Vince McMahon, Sr., is broadcast
live from Capital Arena for the first time. The show had previously aired from a Channel 5 studio.
1957 – Pepper Gomez and El Medico win the NWA Texas Tag Team titles from Duke Keomuka and Tokyo Joe in
1963 – Pepper Gomez beats Bill Watts in Houston, TX, for the NWA Texas title.
1965 – Stan Stasiak and Haru Sasaki win the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team titles from Pepper Martin and Shag
1966 – Tojo Yamamoto and Great Higami beat Len Rossi and Mario Milano in Birmingham, AL, to win the NWA Southern
Tag Team titles.
1969 – Johnny (Mr. Wrestling II) Walker and Bearcat Brown win the Mid-America version of the NWA World Tag Team
championships in Chattanooga, TN, from Great Mephisto and Dante.
1980 – Takachiko and Killer Karl Kox win the NWA Central States Tag Team titles from Bob Brown and Pat O’Connor
in Kansas City, KS.
1981 – Dusty Rhodes wins the NWA World title from Harley Race in Atlanta, GA. Also, in Roanoke, VA, Les Thornton
regains the NWA Junior Heavyweight title from Terry Taylor.
1982 – Junkyard Dog beats Bob Roop in New Orleans, LA, to win the Mid-South North American title.
1984 – Ted Oates beats Luke Graham in Kansas City, KS, for the NWA Central States title. On the same card, The
Uptown Boys (Marty Jannetty and Tommy Rogers) win the NWA Central States Tag Team titles from The Grapplers.
1985 – Rayo de Jalisco Jr. wins the NWA World Light Heavyweight title from M.S.1 in Mexico City.
1987 – Al Perez wins the WCCW Texas title from Dingo Warrior in Ft. Worth, TX.
1993 – Owen Hart wins the USWA Heavyweight title from Papa Shango in Memphis, TN.
” – New Jack and Home Boy beat Rex King and Steve Doll for the USWA Tag team titles in Memphis, TN.
1999 – Martha Hart, widow of Owen Hart, files a wrongful death lawsuit against Vince and Linda McMahon, Titan
Sports, Amspec Inc., Lewmar Ltd., Lewmar Marine Ltd., Lift-All Ltd., various harness operators, and the city of Kansas City, MO. Also, Bassam Al Othman files a $1 million suit against the WWF for unauthorized use of the clip where he was attacked by Vader during a Kuwaiti talk show.
” – Mideon is awarded the WWF European title in Memphis, TN.
2002 – Steve DeMarco beats J.P. Black in North Richland Hills, TX, for the NWA Texas title. On the same card, Justin 2
Fine and B.J. Turner win the NWA Texas Tag Team titles from Blackbird Posse.
1948 – Cliff Gustafson beats Sandor Szabo in Minneapolis, MN, to win the Minneapolis version of the NWA World title.
Gustafson would retain the title until his retirement in May 1949.
1960 – Duke Keomuka wins the NWA Texas title in San Antonio, TX, from Torbellino Blanco.
1963 – John Tenta, aka The Canadian Shark Avalanche Earthquake Guy, is born.
1967 – Moondog Mayne wins the NWA Pacific Northwest title from Luther Lindsay.
1970 – The Interns beat Al Greene and Frank Martinez in Memphis, TN, to win the NWA Southern Tag Team titles.
1974 – Carlos Colon wins the WWC North American title from Gil Hayes in Caguas, PR.
1978 – Steve Rickard beats Toru Tanaka in Auckland, NZ, for the British Empire/Commonwealth Heavyweight title.
1979 – Tony Charles beats Kevin Sullivan to win the United States Junior Heavyweight title in Knoxville, TN.
1980 – Ray Stevens and Jimmy Snuka beat Rick Steamboat and Jay Youngblood in Greensboro, NC, to win the
NWA Tag team titles.
1985 – The New Zealand Sheepherders, Jonathan Boyd and Rip Morgan, beat Steve Keirn and Stan Lane to win the
AWA Southern Tag Team titles in Memphis, TN. The Sheepherders are later stripped of the titles, but the belts are returned when they threaten to sue.
1987 – The Bullet, teaming with Scott Armstrong, pins NWA Alabama Heavyweight champion Mike Golden, teaming with
Tom Prichard, in Birmingham, AL. According to the pre-match stipulations, Bullet wins the title.
1990 – Bill Dundee regains the USWA Southern title from John Tatum in Dallas, TX.
1992 – WCW Clash of the Champions XIX is held in Charleston, SC. In the main event, Steve Williams and Terry
Gordy beat Rick and Scott Steiner in the second round of the NWA Tag Team title tournament.
1994 – Dutch Mantel beats Ray Gonzalez for the WWC Universal title in Tola Alta, PR.
1996 – Chris Jericho beat Pit Bull II in Philadelphia, PA, to win the ECW Television title.
” – El Samurai wins the WWF Light Heavyweight title from Great Sasuke in Naruko, Japan.
1998 – Joey Styles files suit against the WWF for unauthorized use of his image in a Steve Austin video.
2000 – In Somerville, MA, Whacko defeats Brian Day, Jay Kobain, and Wagner Brown in a four corners match for the
vacant NWA New England Heavyweight title. On the same card, Jason Rage, Wagner Brown, and Luis Ortiz beat the teams of Nemesis and Scarecrow and Muhammad the Butcher and Gino Martino in a triangle match to win the vacant NWA New England Tag Team titles, Vince Vicallo beats Tiger Fang, Dan Bidondi and Luis Ortiz for the NWA New England Junior Heavyweight title, and Mike Johnson beats Trooper Gilmore to become the first NWA New England Brass Knuckles champion.
2002 – The WWE Hardcore title goes from Bradshaw to Raven to Spike Dudley to Shawn Stasiak and back to
Bradshaw in Cincinnati, OH.
” – Ricky Santana wins the WWC Caribbean title from Rico Suave in Cayey, PR.
1939 – Bronko Nagurski beats Lou Thesz to win the NWA World title in Houston, TX.
1961 – Waldo Von Erich wins the NWA Texas Title from Pepper Gomez in Houston, TX.
1962 – Johnny Demchuk, 49, dies during a match in Victoria, BC.
1964 – Eddie Graham and Sam Steamboat win the NWA (Florida) World Tag Team titles from Chris and John Tolos in
” – Len Rossi and Mario Milano win the NWA Southern Tag Team titles from Tojo Yamamoto and Alex Perez in
” – Pampero Firpo wins the NWA Pacific Northwest title from Nick Bockwinkel in Eugene, OR.
1970 – Moondog Mayne wins the NWA Pacific Northwest title for the tenth time, beating The Claw.
1975 – Jackie Fargo & Mr. Wrestling win the NWA Southern Tag Team titles from Karl Von Steiger & Otto Von Heller in
1978 – The Mongolian Stomper wins a tournament in Knoxville, TN, to win the vacant NWA Southeastern Heavyweight
” – Thunderbolt Patterson and Tony Atlas beat Ole Anderson and Ivan Koloff in Atlanta, GA, for the NWA Georgia
Tag Team titles.
” – Ringo Mendoza beats Perro Aguayo for the NWA World Middleweight title in Mexico City.
1979 – Ron and Buddy Fuller win the NWA Southeastern Tag Team title in a tournament in Knoxville, TN.
1980 – Mr. Hito and Mr. Sakurada win the NWA American Tag Team titles from Jose Lothario and Tiger Conway Jr. in
1982 – Two days after winning the Mid-South North American title, Junkyard Dog loses the title to Ted DiBiase in
1984 – Ole Olson and Randy Rich win the NWA Canadian Tag Team titles from The Warlords in Cloverdale, BC.
” – Gino Hernandez beats Ric Flair in a tournament final in San Antonio, TX, to win the vacant NWA Texas title. The
title was declared vacant when champion David Von Erich died in Japan.
1986 – Jerry Lawler and Giant Hillbilly Elmer beat the MOD Squad in Memphis, TN, to win the AWA Southern Tag Team
” – Brad Armstrong wins the Continental Heavyweight title in Birmingham, AL, by beating Jerry Stubbs. On the same
card, Adrian Street wins the NWA Southeastern title from Wendell Cooley. On another card in Dothan, AL,
Robert Fuller and Jimmy Golden regain the NWA Southeastern Tag Team title from Tommy Rich and Steve Armstrong.
1987 – The Sheepherders beat Mike Graham and Steve Keirn in Tampa, FL, for the NWA Florida Tag Team titles.
1989 – Tom Prichard beats Wendell Cooley in Knoxville, TN, to win the CWF Heavyweight title.
” – Robert Fuller and Brian Lee win the WCCW Tag Team titles from Jeff Jarrett and Mil Mascaras in Dallas, TX.
1990 – Juice Patrol beat U.S. Male in Portland, OR, for the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team titles.
” – Rex King and Joey Maggs win the USWA Tag Team titles from Tony Anthony and Tom Burton in Memphis, TN.
1992 – The Super Destroyers beat The Night Breed in a four-team final to determine the first ECW Tag Team
champions in Philadelphia, PA.
1996 – In the final of the WWF King of the Ring tournament in Milwaukee, WI, Steve Austin beats Jake Roberts. After
the match, Austin makes the famous “Austin 3:16” speech that kick-starts the “Stone Cold” character. Also on the card, Ahmed Johnson wins the Intercontinental title from Goldust.
2000 – Trailer Park Trash beats Flash Flanagan in Louisville, KY, to become the first OVW Hardcore champion. On the
same card, The Disciples of Synn, Slash and Damian, beat Scotty Sabre and B.J. Payne for the Southern Tag Team titles.
2001 – Huracan Castillo Jr. & Miguelito Perez win the IWA Tag Team titles from D-Lo Brown and Shane in Bayamon, PR.
On the same card, Zaruxx wins the IWA Hardcore title by forfeit, and Super Crazy beats Loco to win the IWA Junior Heavyweight title.
2002 – WWE King of the Ring is held in Columbus, OH. In the finals of the tournament, Brock Lesnar defeated Rob
Van Dam. Also on the card, Jamie Noble won the Cruiserweight title from The Hurricane, and Molly Holly beat Trish Stratus for the Women’s title.
1958 – Duke Keomuka and John Tolos beat Pepper Gomez and Larry Chene in Dallas, TX, for the NWA Texas Tag team
1964 – Tokyo Tom wins the NWA Texas title from Joe Blanchard in Houston, TX. You know “Tokyo Tom” better as
1968 – Don Carson and The Red Shadow beat Ken Lucas and Dennis Hall to win the NWA Southern Tag Team titles in
1969 – Madman Pondo is born. His mom loses much blood.
1970 – Ripper Collins regains the NWA Hawaii title from Sam Steamboat in Honolulu, HI.
1972 – Billy Red Lyons wins the World Class Texas American title by beating The Spoiler in Irving, TX. On the same
card, Stan Stasiak wins the NWA Texas title from Red Bastien.
” – Abdullah the Butcher beats Ernie Ladd in Akron, OH, for the NWF World title.
” – Boris Malenko and Johnny Walker win the NWA Florida Tag Team titles from Mike Webster and The Professional
in Jacksonville, FL.
1978 – Roddy Piper wins the San Francisco version of the NWA United States championship by beating Moondog Mayne.
1984 – Wahoo McDaniel beats Rick Steamboat in Greensboro, NC, to win the NWA United States title; however,
because of interference from Tully Blanchard, the NWA holds up the title.
1985 – Jerry Lawler loses the AWA Southern title for the 31st time, to Bota the Witch Doctor in Memphis, TN.
” – Chris Adams and Gino Hernandez win the NWA American Tag team titles in Ft. Worth, TX, from the Fantastics.
1987 – Cien Caras beats M.S.1 in Neztahualcoyoti, Mexico, for the NWA World Light Heavyweight title.
1988 – Shiro Koshinaka beat Owen Hart in Osaka, Japan, to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight title.
” – Fabuloso Blondie beats Lizmark for the NWA World Light Heavyweight title in Mexico City.
1989 – Chicky Starr wins the WWC Junior Heavyweight title in Caguas, PR, from Super Medic I.
” – Johnny Love wins the PWA Junior Heavyweight title from Tommy Ferrera, and Maximum Overdrive win the PWA Tag Team titles from Matt and Bret Derringer, in Minneapolis, MN.
1992 – Southern Rockers win the WWC Tag Team titles from Ron Starr and Doug Masters in Dorado, PR.
1994 – WCW Clash of the Champions XXVII is held in Charleston, SC. In the main event, WCW World Champion Ric
Flair beat WCW International champion Sting to unify the two belts. Also on the card, Steven Regal beat Larry Zbyszko to win the WCW Television title.
1995 – Harlem Heat beats the Nasty Boys to win the WCW Tag team titles in Orlando, FL.
1996 – Harlem Heat win the WCW Tag Team titles in Charlotte, NC, from Lex Luger and Sting.
” – Jerry Lawler wins the USWA Heavyweight title in West Helena, AR, by beating Jeff Jarrett.
2000 – After 27 years on TBS, WCW Saturday Night airs its final program. The next week, WCW Saturday Morning
2001 – WWF King of the Ring is held in East Rutherford, NJ. Edge defeated Kurt Angle in the finals.
” – Yoshinobu Kanemaru beat Juventud Guerrera in a tournament final in Nagoya, Japan, to win the first Pro
Wrestling NOAH Global Honored Crown Junior Heavyweight title.
2002 – Bret Hart has an accident while riding his bicycle without a helmet. The accident leads to a stroke.
1934 – Jim Londos wins the NWA (New York) World Title in New York after beating Jim Browning.
1936 – Mike Romano dies after a match in Washington, DC.
1942 – Orville Brown wins the Midwest Wrestling Association World title by beating Tom Zaharias in Kansas City, KS.
1966 – The Assassins regain the WWA Tag Team titles from Wilbur Snyder and Dick the Bruiser.
1968 – Bobo Brazil beats Giant Baba in Nagoya, Japan, to win the NWA International title.
1969 – Boris Malenko wins the NWA Florida Brass Knuckles title in Miami, FL, from Joe Scarpa (Chief Jay Strongbow).
1976 – The much-anticipated match between boxer Muhammad Ali and wrestler Antonio Inoki is broadcast live on
closed-circuit television around the world. The match ends in a very dull draw. Before the Ali-Inoki match,
Andre the Giant beat boxer Chuck Wepner and Bruno Sammartino earned revenge on Stan Hansen for his broken neck at Shea Stadium in New York.
1977 – Escorpiones win the WWC North American Tag Team titles from Mitchell and Daniel Martel in Caguas, PR.
1978 – Al Madril beats Nelson Royal in Houston, TX, for the NWA World Junior Heavyweight title.
1981 – Gene Lewis beats Rufus R. Jones in Kansas City, KS, to win the NWA Central States Television title.
1983 – Bobby Colt beats Dick the Bruiser in Indianapolis, IN, for the WWA World title.
” – Pedro Morales beats Buddy Landell for the WWC North American title in Guaynabo, PR.
1984 – Vic Rain beats Jimmy Golden to win the NWA Southeastern title in Birmingham, AL.
1986 – Mike Miller and Abudda Dein beat Brady Boone and Coco Samoa in Madras, OR, for the NWA Pacific Northwest
Tag Team titles.
1988 – Ron Starr wins the WWC Television title from Invader I in Carolina, PR.
1992 – Dick Slater and The Barbarian beat Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin for the WCW United States Tag Team titles
in Kansas City, MO. Slater and Barbarian are still champions when the title is eliminated in July 1992.
1994 – Mohammad Hussein and the Tahitian Warrior win the vacant WWC Tag team titles in Caguas, PR, by beating El
Bronco and El Pulgarcito.
1995 – Mabel beat Savio Vega at the WWF King of the Ring in Philadelphia, PA. Vega qualified for the tournament in
the dark match just before the pay per view. Also on the card, Shawn Michaels beat Jeff Jarrett to win the Intercontinental title.
2000 – WWF King of the Ring is held in Boston, MA. Kurt Angle beats Rikishi in the final match. Also on the card,
Crash Holly beat Pat Patterson to win the Hardcore title, and Christian and Edge won the Tag Team titles in a four-way match against champions Too Cool, The Hardy Boyz, and Test and Albert. Also, in a six-man tag match The Rock wins the World title after pinning Vince McMahon.
2001 – X-Pac wins the WWF Light Heavyweight title from Jeff Hardy, and the Hardcore title goes from Test to Rhyno
to Mike Awesome in New York.
1936 – Everett Marshall beats Ali Baba to unite his MWA World title with the NWA (NBA) World title in Columbus, OH.
1952 – Billy Hickson beats Art Bull in Milwaukee, WI, for the Wisconsin Junior Heavyweight title.
1956 – Tiny Mills and Jim Austeri beat Leo and Geno Garibaldi for the NWA Southern Tag Team titles in Nashville, TN.
1968 – Peter Maivia and Billy White Wolf win the NWA Hawaii Tag Team titles from Curtis Iaukea and Ripper Collins in
1970 – Dick the Bruiser and Bill Miller beat Jack and Jim Dillinger in Indianapolis, IN, for the WWA Tag Team titles.
1971 – Ripper Collins and Mad Dog Mayne beat Suni War Cloud and Steven Little Bear in Honolulu, HI, to regain the
NWA Hawaii Tag Team titles.
1974 – Striker is born. He has no strikes and two…
1975 – Antonio Inoki wins the NWF World title from Tiger Jeet Singh in Tokyo.
1976 – Jesse Ventura wins the NWA Pacific Northwest title from Dutch Savage.
1978 – The Yukon Lumberjacks beat Dominic DeNucci and Dino Bravo in New York to win the WWWF Tag Team
1982 – Chief Jay and Jules Strongbow beat Mr. Fuji and Mr. Saito to regain the WWF Tag Team titles in New York.
” – Invader I and Pierre Martel beat The Kangaroos for the WWC Tag Team titles in San Juan, PR.
1983 – Crusher Blackwell and Ken Patera win the AWA Tag Team titles from Jim Brunzell and Greg Gagne in
1986 – Bobby Jaggers and Moondog Moretti win the NWA Central States Tag Team titles from Rufus R. Jones and Mike
George in Kansas City, KS.
” – Madd Maxx and Super Maxx win the Polynesian Tag Team titles from the Samoan Connection in Honolulu, HI.
1987 – Frank Lancaster and Eric Embry win the WCCW Tag team titles from the Fantastics in Dallas, TX.
1992 – Rick and Scott Steiner defeat Big Van Vader and Bam Bam Bigelow in Tokyo to win the IWGP Tag Team
” – El Samurai beat Jushin Liger in Tokyo to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight title.
” – Herman Rhode, aka Buddy Rogers, 71, dies after a series of strokes in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
1995 – Billy Jack Haynes beats Brian Christopher in Memphis, TN, for the USWA title.
1999 – Michelle Starr beats E.Z. Ryder for the NWA Canadian title in Winnipeg, AB. On the same card, Tony Kozina wins
the NWA Canadian Junior Heavyweight title in a triangle match against Vance Nevada and champion Hysteria.
2001 – Albert beats Kane in New York to win the WWF Intercontinental title.
1935 – Danno O’Mahoney beats Jim Londos in Boston, MA, to win Londos’s version of the NWA title.
1940 – Orville Brown beats Dick Shikat in Columbus, OH, to win the MWA World title.
1945 – Frank Sexton regains the AWA (Boston) World title from Steve Casey in Boston, MA.
” – Herb Welch regains the Tennessee version of the NWA World Junior Heavyweight title by beating the Red
Masked Marvel in Nashville, TN.
1946 – George Dussette wins the Pacific Coast Junior Heavyweight title from Bruno Angelo.
1947 – Billy Hickson beats Karl Gray in Albuquerque, NM, for the New Mexico Light Heavyweight title.
1958 – Sonny Myers & Thor Hagen beat Ernie and Emil Dusek in St. Joseph, MO, for the NWA Central States Tag Team
1968 – Giant Baba regains the NWA International title from Bobo Brazil in Tokyo.
” – Johnny Valentine wins the Florida Heavyweight title from Red Bastien in Jacksonville, FL.
1969 – El Mongol and The Professional win the NWA Georgia Tag Team titles from The Assassins in Atlanta, GA.
” – Wahoo McDaniel and Thunderbolt Patterson win a tournament in Houston, TX, for the vacant NWA American Tag
1972 – Professor Toru Tanaka and Mr. Fuji win the WWWF Tag Team title for the first time from Chief Jay Strongbow
and Sonny King in Philadelphia, PA.
1975 – Dick Slater and Bob Orton Jr. win the NWA Georgia Tag Team titles in Atlanta, GA, from Bob Armstrong and
” – Ace Darling is born.
1978 – The Spoilers win the NWA Florida Tag Team titles from the Brisco Brothers in Tampa, FL.
1981 – Nikolai Volkoff and Chris Markoff beat Dewey Robertson and Johnny Weaver for the NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team
titles in Charlotte, NC.
1984 – Angelo Mosca, Jr. beats the Masked Outlaw (Dory Funk, Jr.) for the NWA Mid-Atlantic title.
1985 – Steve Gatorwolf wins the vacant Western States title by beating The Gorgeous One in Grand Junction, CO.
Gatorwolf is stripped of the title in October when he appears on WWF television.
1987 – Mike Miller beats Rip Oliver for the NWA Pacific Northwest title in Portland, OR.
1989 – Kendall Windham beats Dustin Rhodes for the PWF Florida Heavyweight title.
1991 – In a sign of things to come, Dr. George Zahorian is found guilty in Harrisburg, PA, on 12 counts of selling
anabolic steroids to four wrestlers and a weightlifter. Zahorian was the ringside doctor for WWF television for many years. He is sentenced to three years in prison.
1998 – Rob Van Dam and Sabu beat Chris Candido and Lance Storm in Philadelphia, PA, to win the ECW Tag Team
1999 – At the WWF King of the Ring in Greensboro, NC, Billy Gunn beats X-Pac in the finals.
” – Tatsutoshi Goto and Michiyoshi Ohara won the IWGP Tag Team titles from Shiro Koshinaka and Kensuke
Sasake in Shizuoka, Japan.
” – Beau Douglas wins the NWA New England Television title in Somerville, MA, from Bob Evans.
2000 – The WWF wins a lawsuit which allows it to switch all programming from USA Network to Viacom-owned
channels TNN and MTV. TNN immediately announces it is canceling ECW on TNN.
” – Steve Blackman beats Crash Holly to win the WWF Hardcore title.
1934 – Rudy Guzman, later known as El Santo, makes his debut in Mexico.
1951 – Dale Haddock wins the Pacific Coast Junior Heavyweight title in Portland, OR, from Andy Tremaine.
1956 – Herb Freeman and Pepper Gomez win the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team titles from Doug and Red Donovan.
1961 – Neff Maivia and Billy White Wolf beat Shoulders Newman and Ted Travis for the NWA Hawaii Tag Team titles in
Honolulu, HI. Travis substituted for Tim Rice, who left the area.
1965 – One week after losing the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team titles to Stan Stasiak and Haru Sasaki, Pepper Martin
and Shag Thomas regain the titles.
” – Buddy Fuller beats Mario Galente in Atlanta, GA, for the NWA Georgia Heavyweight title.
1966 – Jose Lothario and Wahoo McDaniel win the vacant NWA (Florida) World Tag Team titles in Jacksonville, FL. The
titles are vacated the next month when the Miami Dolphins tell McDaniel to stop wrestling.
1968 – Greg Peterson beats Rocket Monroe in Mobile, AL, to win the NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight title.
1980 – Giant Baba and Jumbo Tsuruta beat John Bonello and Randy Scott in Detroit, MI, for the NWA (Detroit) World Tag
Team titles. Baba and Tsuruta are the last champions before the promotion closes in October 1980.
” – Jose Rivera beats Gama Singh in Caguas, PR, for the WWC Caribbean title.
1982 – In what was later chosen by many as “Match of the Year,” Jimmy Snuka tries his “Superfly” dive from the top
of a cage in a match against Bob Backlund in New York. Backlund moved and crawled out of the cage to retain his WWF World title.
1986 – Stan Hansen is scheduled to defend his AWA World title against Nick Bockwinkel in Denver, CO, but refuses to
wrestle and leaves the building. He is stripped of the title by the AWA board. Also in the AWA, Sherri Martel
beats Candi Divine in Oakland, CA, to win the Women’s title.
” – Invader I wins the WWC Puerto Rican title in Bayamon, PR, from Eric Embry.
1993 – The Mighty Yankee beats Bobby Blaze in Council, VA, for the Smoky Mountain “Beat the Champ” Television title.
After the match, Yankee unmasks to show he is “Dirty White Boy” Tony Anthony. On the same card, The Bruise
Brothers win the SMW Tag Team titles from the Rock n’ Roll Express.
” – Jeff Jarrett beats Brian Christopher for the USWA Southern title in Memphis, TN.
1997 – Chris Jericho wins the WCW Cruiserweight title from Syxx in Los Angeles.
1998 – At the WWF King of the Ring in Pittsburgh, PA, Ken Shamrock pinned Rocky Maivia to win the tournament.
Also on the card, Kane defeated Steve Austin to become WWF World Champion, but no one cares after Mankind takes two huge falls during a Hell in the Cell match against the Undertaker.
” – Dave the Rave and Juan Hurtado beat Nick Dinsmore and Rob Conway in Jeffersonville, IN, to win the OVW
Southern Tag Team titles.
1999 – Tatsumi Fujinami is named president of New Japan Pro Wrestling. Previous president Seigi Sakaguchi is
promoted to chairperson of the company.
” – Steve Austin beat The Undertaker to win the WWF World title in Charlotte, NC.
2002 – The WWE Hardcore title goes from Bradshaw to Shawn Stasiak to Spike Dudley to Steven Richards and back
to Bradshaw in Washington, DC.
” – Trailer Park Trash & Flash Flanagan regain the OVW Southern Tag team titles from Nick Dinsmore and Rob
Conway in Louisville, KY.
” – Christopher Daniels beats MLW Florida Heavyweight champion Danny Doring, Mike Sullivan, and Scoot Andrews
in a 4-way elimination match to win the title in St. Petersburg, FL.
1931 – Jim Londos beats Ray Steele with what is to believed to be the first sleeperhold in Yankee Stadium in New
1944 – Lee Wyckoff wins the MWA World title in Topeka, KS, by beating Dave Levin.
1948 – Mike Chacoma and Red Roberts beat Herb and Roy Welch in Nashville, TN, to win the NWA Southern Tag Team
1953 – The Florida and Georgia versions of the Southern Heavyweight title are merged as Georgia champion Don
McIntyre beat Florida champion Bobby Lane in Tampa, FL. The match isn’t billed as a unification match, but the same champion is recognized in both states from 1953 to 1959.
1957 – (Crusher) Reggie and Stan Lisowski beat Nicoli and Boris Volkoff to win the NWA (Chicago) World Tag Team titles
in Chicago, IL.
1960 – Mighty Yankee wins the rematch against Ray Gunkel to win the vacant NWA Southern Heavyweight title (Georgia
1963 – Ray Stevens beats Wilbur Snyder in San Francisco, CA, to win the NWA United States title (San Francisco
1965 – Fritz Von Erich and Killer Karl Kox beat Eddie Graham and Sam Steamboat in Dallas, TX, for the NWA (Amarillo)
World Tag team titles.
1967 – Former world boxing champion and wrestler Primo Carnera, 51, who also appeared in the original “Mighty Joe
Young,” dies from cirrhosis.
1972 – The Zodiac and Taurus win the NWA Florida Tag Team titles from Johnny Walker and Boris Malenko in
” – Ciclon Negro defeats Lord Al Hays for the NWA Western States title in Amarillo, TX.
1973 – Kim Sung Ho wins the NWA World Light Heavyweight title from Alfonso Dantes in Mexico City.
1975 – Blue Demon beats Mano Negra in Mexico City for the NWA World Welterweight title.
1979 – Kevin Sullivan regains the United States Junior Heavyweight title from Tony Charles in Knoxville, TN. On the
same card, Mr. Fuji and Toru Tanaka win the NWA Southeastern Tag Team title from Ron and Buddy Fuller.
1981 – Klondike Mike and Danny O beat Moondog Moretti and Terry Adonis in Vancouver, BC, for the NWA Canadian
Tag Team titles.
1986 – Nick Bockwinkel is awarded the AWA World title in Denver, CO, when Stan Hansen forfeits the title.
” – The Rock ‘n’ Roll RPM’s beat Eric Embry and Crusher in a tournament final in San Juan, PR, for the vacant WWC
Tag Team titles.
1987 – Tony Atlas and Skip Young win the vacant WCCW Texas Tag Team titles by beating Ted Arcidi and Texas Red in
a tournament final in Ft. Worth, TX.
1992 – Tom Prichard beats Brian Christopher for the vacant USWA Southern title in Memphis, TN. On the same card,
Jeff Jarrett and Jerry Lawler beat The Moondogs for the USWA Tag team titles.
1996 – Wolfie D beats Brickhouse Brown in Memphis, TN, for the USWA Television title.
1999 – Jeff and Matt Hardy win the WWF Tag Team titles from Bradshaw and Faarooq in Fayetteville, NC.
” – One night after losing the title, Steve Austin regains the WWF World title from Kane in Cleveland, OH.
2001 – Klassic Kerry Royal beats NWA Hawaii Junior Heavyweight champion Nemesis and Kaimana in Kaneohe, HI, for
2002 – Leonard Spanky beats Smelly in Sapporo, Japan, to become the first Zero-One Junior Heavyweight champion.
” – The WWE Hardcore title goes from Bradshaw to Shawn Stasiak to Spike Dudley to Steven Richards and back
to Bradshaw in New York.
” – Jimmy Rave wins the NWA World Junior Heavyweight title by beating champion Rocky Reynolds and Jeremy
Lopez in Cornelia, GA.
” – Danny Doring regains the MLW Florida Heavyweight title from champion Christopher Daniels and Scoot Andrews
in a three-way match in Davie, FL.
1935 – Three days after beating Jim Londos, Danno O’Mahoney beats Ed Don George to unite their two versions of
the NWA World title in Boston MA. One month later, O’Mahoney would further unite the NWA titles by beating Ed “Strangler” Lewis, also in Boston.
1937 – Bronko Nagurski wins one of many World titles in Minneapolis, MN, by beating Dean Detton.
1943 – Billy Thom wins the MWA Junior Heavyweight title in Columbus, OH, from Jules Larance.
1944 – Terry Funk is born. No jokes here.
” – Ernie Dusek wins the NWA Texas title from Lou Thesz in Houston, TX.
1950 – Sonny Myers beats Rito Romero in Houston, TX, to win the vacant NWA Texas title.
1961 – In what is billed as “The Match of the Century,” NWA United States Champion Buddy Rogers beats NWA
World Champion Pat O’Connor in two-out-of-three falls to win the World title in Chicago, IL. On the same card,
The Sicilians (Lou Albano and Tony Altimore) beat The G-Men (Billy Goelz and Johnny Gilbert) for the Midwest Tag Team titles.
1962 – Bad Boy and Billy Boy Hines win the NWA United States Tag Team titles (Mid-America version) from Lester Welch
and Danny Hodge in Chattanooga, TN.
1973 – Jerry Jarrett and Johnny Marlin beat Jerry Lawler and Jim White to win the NWA Southern Tag Team titles in
1976 – Paul Jones beats Angelo Mosca in Raleigh, NC, for the NWA Mid-Atlantic Television title.
1978 – Mad Dog Martel dies In Ponce, PR.
1979 – Chris Taylor, 29, Olympic bronze medallist, dies in Story City, IA.
” – Stan Stasiak wins the NWA Pacific Northwest title for the sixth and final time from Roddy Piper.
1983 – Super Destroyer beats Buck Robley in a tournament final for the vacant NWA Central States title in Kansas City,
1985 – Hercules Hernandez wins the Florida Heavyweight title in Orlando by beating Hector Guerrero.
1989 – Jeff Jarrett and Matt Borne win the WCCW Tag Team titles from Robert Fuller and Brian Lee in Dallas, TX.
1991 – Duke Keomuka, 70, dies in Las Vegas, NV
1992 – Stan Frazier, 54, aka Plowboy Frazier, Kamala II, and Uncle Elmer, dies near Biloxi, MS.
1996 – An interpromotional card, the “Rikidozan Memorial,” is held at Yokohama Arena in Tokyo. 15 organizations are involved on the card but show the gap between major league organizations and independent promotions.
2000 – Chance Beckett beats NWA Canadian Junior Heavyweight champion Torch and Pvt. Todd Kelly for the title in New
2001 – Mustafa Saed and Rastaman beat Ricky Santana and Rico Suave for the WWC Tag Team titles in Arecibo, PR.
2002 – The WWE Hardcore title goes from Bradshaw to Raven to Crash Holly to Steven Richards and back to
Bradshaw in Uncasville, CT.
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